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LTTE suicide bomber video footage December 1, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in geo-politics, videos, weird.

Warning : This is a very graphic footage, not of the run up to or of the aftermath but of the event itself.

Among the many reasons to watch this video is the quality of the footage. No, don’t get me wrong, I am talking not about how very graphic and of clear quality the video is, which it of course is. What I am referring to is that they have footages from several cameras that capture the several stages (time slices) leading up to the actual detonation. And what you will note is how its not at all trivial to guess until the very end as to who the suicide bomber actually is. In fact I imagine those who watch too many movies will likely do worse in discerning what is actually happening (unless this caveat of mine makes you discard your first guess.)

This is not to make a spectacle out of death. The reason I am making an ‘exercise’ out of this video is so we can take a moment to put ourselves in the shoes of the law enforcement and security forces and imagine how hard their job is.

Video link. It is mirrored here as well.

As an aside, I think to myself how there are so many things in life to give your life to – art, science, public service, loved ones etc. But what is there in whose service one should give her/his life away ?

P.S : The AP has a related story here.



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